Future Work Capability: Advanced Manufacturing

Future Work Capability: Advanced Manufacturing
During the 1980’s manufacturing moved offshore to cheaper low-cost centres. We simply do not make enough things and our healthcare supply lines, in times of crisis are dodgy. Even when companies can source supplies, it can be incredibly expensive with airfreight costs rising during the pandemic. pastevent
REGISTER NOW | Future Work Capability: Advanced Manufacturing | AmCham Business Series | 29 JUNE, 3 PM AEST
Business Series PART ONE

Future Work Capability: Advanced Manufacturing

About the Webinar

This AmCham Business Series will cover all industries from Health to Space to Defence to Creative, Hi Tech, Mining and more. It will look at 4 important “horizontals” that run through all these industries to ensure Australia remains competitive in employment and business performance:


AmCham will lead this series featuring key business leaders and the industry perspective – learn from the companies who have navigated Future Work successfully either through pivoting their objectives, reskilling the workforce or R&D.

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The COVID-19 crisis has exposed Australia’s supply chains and sovereign risks.

Join Andrew Liveris, Former Dow Chemical Company CEO currently advising Scott Morrison on the path forward. Previously Liveris has advised Barack Obama and Donald Trump on manufacturing policy.

Australia needs a plan to manufacture, export and create a virtuous cycle of innovation. We need to use our natural resources to create employment – we have the foundation resources; we now need to leapfrog legacy industries and use technology automation to drive this opportunity.

Andrew Liveris
Special Advisor, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC)
Former Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

Professor Roy Green
Special Advisor and Chair, UTS Innovation Council, University of Technology Sydney
Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk
Board Member, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)

Moderated by Anne Petterd
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Chair, APAC International Commercial & Trade Group

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Webinar Details

Date  Monday 29 June 2020
Time  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM AEST
Webinar Link to attend the webinar will be sent after registrations have closed.

Speaker Biographies

Andrew N. Liveris
Special Advisor, National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC)
Former Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

Andrew N. Liveris is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and director of DowDuPont. He previously served as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont.

A recognised global business leader with more than 42 years at Dow, Liveris advocates the criticality of manufacturing worldwide. He is the author of ‘Make It in America’ and was tapped by the current U.S. Administration to help identify new ways to spur innovation, revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector and drive economic growth and prosperity as chair of the manufacturing council and a member of the apprenticeship of the future task force. Previously he served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee and a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council. He was recently named Senior Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Governments Sovereign Wealth Fund, PIF.

He sits on the Board of Directors of IBM, Worley Parsons and Saudi Aramco, on the advisory board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and NEOM.

He is the past Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable, an Executive Committee Member and past Chairman of the U.S. Business Council, and a member of the Concordia Leadership Council and the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Advisory Committee.

Professor Roy Green
Special Advisor and Chair, UTS Innovation Council, University of Technology Sydney

Roy Green is Special Advisor and Chair for UTS Innovation Council, at the University of Technology Sydney. Roy graduated with first class honours from the University of Adelaide and gained a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Research Fellow. He has worked in universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, including as Dean of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the Business School at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Roy has advised and published widely in the areas of innovation policy and management as well as trends in business education. He has undertaken research projects with the OECD, European Commission and Enterprise Ireland.

In recent years, Roy chaired and participated in the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, NSW Manufacturing Council, Enterprise Connect Advisory Committee and ABS Innovation Reference Group. He was co-author of a Business Council of Australia/ Society for Knowledge Economics report in 2006, New Pathways to Prosperity: A National Innovation Framework for Australia, he conducted the Australian Government’s Review of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries in 2008, Building Innovative Capability, and he led Australian participation in a major global study of management practice and productivity in 2009, Manufacturing Matters for Australia – Just how productive are we?

In 2012, Roy contributed to the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce report Smarter Manufacturing for a Smarter Australia and was co-author of a research report on productivity for the McKell Institute, Understanding Productivity – Australia’s Choice. Subsequently, he coordinated an 18 month Australian Government funded project by the Australian Business Deans Council on The Future of Management Education and co-authored a report on public sector innovation for the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Shaping the Future through Co-Creation. In 2015, Roy was asked to prepare a report for the Senate Innovation System Inquiry on The Structure and Performance of Australia’s National Innovation System which became an input to the Prime Minister’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. Roy also joined the Research Advisory Committee of the Centre for Policy Development and Universities Australia Work Integrated Learning Taskforce, and he was appointed Chair of the Queensland Competition Authority.

Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk
Board Member, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC)

Michelle Shi-Verdaasdonk is an independent board member of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd (AMGC).

Michelle was appointed to the Board in 2018 and is tasked with overseeing the implementation of AMGC’s strategy and its alignment with the overall Growth Centre Initiative.

The Industry Growth Centre Initiative is the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. There are six Growth Centres focused on where Australia excels. The Initiative enables national action on key issues by improving capabilities to engage with international markets and global supply chains, enhancing management and workforce skills, encouraging collaboration and the commercialisation of new products and identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden.

Today, Australian manufacturing employs close to 1.3 million people representing over 10% of the Australian workforce. It contributes over $9 billion per month in exports of goods and services and files more patents than any other sector. It a vibrant and dynamic industry that is undergoing profound transformation with the introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies, automation and artificial intelligence.

Michelle has 15 years’ industry experience and is currently Global Manufacturing and Procurement Director at Dyson.

Prior to that, Michelle held various management positions at Philips Lighting, PepsiCo, Ford Motor Company and Electrolux, in Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and USA. Michelle is a recognised thought leader in Industry 4.0, she was appointed to the Australian Government Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council between 2010 – 2012.

Michelle is fluent in English, Chinese – Mandarin, Cantonese.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours), a Bachelor of Aviation Science and a Master of Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.

Her other achievements include:

  • Founder of APTO PPE, Fit for purpose designed safety workwear for women
  • Telstra Business Women Award, South Australia Finalist
  • Women in Engineering National Chair
  • Engineers’ Australia Congress Member
  • Winner of Chief Executive Women Leadership Scholarship

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29/06/2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Monday, 29 June 2020

In this four-part AmCham Business Series we will cover all industries from Health, Space, Defence, Creative, Hi Tech, Mining and more. AmCham will address the four important “horizontals” that run through all these industries to ensure Australia remains competitive in employment and business performance.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
29/06/2020 3:00 PM

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